Professional and courageous leadership is an important attribute of a healthy and vibrant public sector, and effective management ensures our sector is efficient and productive.

The South Australian Leadership Academy develops, connects and inspires leaders across all levels of leadership to collectively deliver great results for South Australia. It aims to:

  • Strengthen the pipeline of public sector leaders to ensure we have diverse, informed and agile leaders now and in the future
  • Enable higher impact development through a sector-wide, integrated and contemporary approach
  • Strengthen the leadership connections across departmental boundaries and with community, non-government and private sector organisations.

Leading through COVID-19 - Manager Toolkit

COVID-19 PMD Manager Guide

Leading in Times of Change (DAC Model) This one-page document reminds leaders to ramp up their focus on the three outcomes of leadership: Direction, Alignment and Commitment.

Manager’s Guide to supportive questions to ask employees during COVID-19

Remote Working for Productivity – Managers Guide

Working from Home – Employee Guide

Working from Home Checklist

Morale Boosters

Virtual Meeting Bingo – keep your team energised and have some fun with virtual meeting bingo.

eThanks – send an eThanks – an electronic thank you note to public sector colleagues.

There are three competency frameworks to guide aspiring and current leaders in building their skills and knowledge:

First Line Manager Competency Framework

Middle Manager Competency Framework

South Australian Executive Service (SAES) Competency Framework

Great leaders build great organisations. Progressive, innovative and collaborative leadership in the public sector is essential to meet South Australia’s diverse challenges.

The South Australian Executive Service (SAES) is a community of executives from the South Australian public service united by its purpose to help people and businesses in South Australia thrive. Founded in shared values, collective leadership and a prospective outlook, SAES works to improve the quality of strategic policy and service delivery for South Australia. SAES does this by:

  • Enabling better problem solving approaches to the complex problems faced by our community
  • Breaking down silos to deliver effective and sustainable outcomes
  • Understanding and acting on future challenges and opportunities
  • Ensuring a predictable and high level of capability and competence
  • Demonstrating excellence within their individual roles complemented by collegiate contributions across government.

SAES Charter


The contract template below is available for use by all human resource professionals when employing executives. If you require legal advice, please contact the
Office of the Crown Solicitor.

Development offerings

Partnership Programs

Upcoming Workshops, Webinars and Events


The participant portals are currently offline while we migrate to our new website system. Please direct any queries to the South Australian Leadership Academy Team on 8204 2272 or via email

For enquiries, please email the South Australian Leadership Academy at or
contact Michael Bennett on 8204 2272.

To be on our mailing list to hear more about offerings from the Leadership Academy and other leadership development initiatives, please register here.

Your feedback is valuable to us. If you would like to provide feedback on any of our services or programs, please contact Tammy Joachin, Project Director, South Australian Leadership Academy on 8204 2274 or via email at

Alternatively, email